A.C. Robert Berger

A.C. Robert "Bob" Berger

Wednesday, October 8th, 1930 - Sunday, May 26th, 2019
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A.C. Robert “Bob” Berger, 88, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2019, very peacefully in the home that he was born in, just as he wished.
Bob has requested cremation and a graveside service, which will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at Mt. Vernon Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Rachel Dannar officiating. Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Atchison Family YMCA for scholarships and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be left online at
Bob was born on October 8, 1930, in the west room of his family home at 127 N. Terrace in Atchison, Kansas, the son of A.C. and Minnie (Kuntz) Berger. He graduated from Atchison High School and attended Kansas State University before earning his petroleum engineering degree from the University of Oklahoma. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Bob served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He worked in Houston, Texas, as a petroleum engineer before returning to Atchison to join his father’s leather company after a flood and a fire. Upon his return to Atchison, he began many decades of active involvement serving and leading numerous community organizations, groups, and projects. Among the organizations were the Atchison Family YMCA, Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce, Santa Fe Depot Trustees, Atchison Area United Way, Courtney S. Turner Charitable Trust Advisory Committee, and Boy Scouts of America where he was an Eagle Scout.
Bob was also a longtime member of a number of organizations including the Atchison Rotary Club, Elks, American Legion, Bellevue Country Club & Pineview Country Club. He served on the Board of the Exchange National Bank & Trust and was also very active in the Republican Party at the local, state and national levels.
Bob was the retired Chairman of the Board of Berger Company, an international leather and textile company that he founded, and the parent company of Atchison Leather Products Co., a fourth-generation company which was founded in 1908 by his father A.C. Berger. He was devoted to his family and loved spending time with his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and boating. (And going to the casino with his buddies!)
Bob married JoAnn Tauchman on August 17, 1952, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Atchison, KS. She preceded him in death on October 21, 2014, as did an older brother Walter, and two sisters, Marian and Dorothy. He is survived by a daughter, Carla Berger Blattner, a son and daughter-in-law Rick and Sally Berger, 4 grandchildren, Bart (Amber) Blattner, Eric (Amy) Blattner, Reed (Becky) Berger, and Sarah (Adam) Berger Bakri. He also leaves behind 8 great grandchildren, Gwynn and Grant Blattner, Oliver, Henry and Charlie Blattner, Roe and Ramzia Bakri and Beau Robert Berger.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 11:00am
    Mt. Vernon Cemetery
    6920 Rawlins Rd
    ATCHISON, KS 66002
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Rachel Dannar
  • Interment

    Mt. Vernon Cemetery
    6920 Rawlins Rd
    ATCHISON, KS 66002
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Joseph Dyer

Posted at 03:41pm
It is a boon I didn’t understand or appreciate until later in life—growing up with Bob’s kind and wise presence just beyond my own back door. It brings me joy to think of him and JoAnn together again, together again being joyful and happy, and sending it our way; it must be that as they have stayed in our hearts, so have we in theirs.
With Sincerest Condolences,
Joseph Dyer

Michael Jones MD

Posted at 05:52pm
Rest In Peace Bob,
I have so many fond memories of you,our conversations,an occasional cigar,sound advice,that engaging smile,and those eyes that demanded attention.You set the bar pretty high.

Candi Caplinger Sweeney

Posted at 11:14am
Carla & Rick -
So sorry to hear about your Dad's passing ... I'm sure your Mom is elated having her "partner" back in her arms !!!
So Loved your Dad's smile ... truly an Atchison County Gem !!!
All my Best !

David Dyer

Posted at 09:55am
Rick, Sally, Carla and families
I am sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. He gave so much to family, friends and community. He always inspired me with his giving and caring. May you all find comfort and peace in his legacy. Rest In Peace Bob.

millie hartter

Posted at 08:18pm
sorry for your loss prayers and thoughts are with you

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